Architecture & Design

Home design ideas and inspirational builds


How to Build Homes & Protect Homes to Stop Wildfires

How to protect your home from fire - a burning need to know.

Home destruction vs. home survival in wildfires point to embers and small flames control as the main thing to help prevent homes igniting in wildfires. Here are some tips for homeowners & builders to prepare homes to withstand wildfires. Let’s start by pointing out that this post is mostly about fire coming from…

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

Architect-Designed contemporary homes always attract attention - especially ones that are super efficient, stunningly beautiful and that ooze quality - But the Abri range is all that and more - It's Affordable too. Exceptional Prefab Eco Homes - introducing the Abri range These ultra high performance prefabricated…

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

Prefab homes make choosing an Architect designed LEED or Passive House high performance house design easy. All the important choices of non-toxic Sustainable materials have been made, add a building lot & in a few months you're home & dry (& warm!). Prefab Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified…

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'

Resilient design features for new home construction

Design ideas and home-durability measures to help families and homes withstand a changing climate. Future-proofing homes: Our society has a collective trust in its commercial building industry to provide us with homes that we assume meet some realistic standard of resilience. They do to an extent, but a very minor…

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

Planning and budget tips for home building and renovating. 1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it will take to complete a build or renovation. Even professional contractors tend to underestimate the costs…

How to stay on budget when building a home

Advice from a green building project manager: how to develop a construction budget and stick to it. The following is an interview with Patrick Ranger, General Manager at Belvedair, a construction company specializing in the design and construction of green homes. Patrick is trained in business administration and…

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

Living in a recycled shipping container home may not be all its cracked up to be. Here is a look at the ups and downs of this housing trend, and whether we think shipping container homes are good or bad as a tiny home choice. Shipping container homes are gaining popularity globally, especially as Tiny Houses, as…

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics. I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold climates are a bad idea. A coincidence of names; just putting that out there so…

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

Understanding building science basics will help you design and build durable and efficient wall systems, in this instance LEED Platinum v4. LEED Platinum V4 Wall Design: Building Science  The wall we designed for the Edelweiss house, Canada's first LEED Platinum V4 Home is best categorized as a 'REMOTE' wall, a…

MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations for home optimization

Professional energy raters use HOT2000, an energy modeling program designed to determine the energy consumption of buildings. Mindscape Innovations is a sustainable design firm from Kitchener, Ontario that has developed a free online version for the rest. Energy modeling is a process for determining the approximate…

A Vancouver laneway house

Flexible house design

A well-constructed home will stand long enough to see many families come and go in its lifetime, and they won't all have the same needs. When drawing floor plans, flexible design can make future changes easier. Design basics for flexible housing: Depending on the stage you are at in your life, you might have kids…


OUR HOUSE: a community home building endeavour

Handing over the keys to the new owners of a LEED home built by students and donated to Habitat for Humanity. Our House is the story of a small town united around the construction of an exemplary home. After being awarded with the ‘Prix d'excellence’ at the end of 2017 by the Public Administrator of Quebec (the…

Hurricane proof home

Hurricane-proof home

This hurricane-proof home can withstand a 200 mph impact. We found this story by Nicole Jewell for Inhabitat to be very pertinent given the devastating impacts of  the 2017 hurricane season. Weather events are more extreme in all regions of the globe, so building for a changing climate is very important not just to…

New ecoMetrics Tool Unveiled at CaGBC Conference

Diamond Schmitt Architects creates tool to compare energy use data across building types

The firm's new ecoMetrics tool allows for a comprehensive analysis of data from energy simulation models across a wide range of the company’s building types. Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects is taking a leadership role in the development of a sustainable design databank focused on energy-use reduction. The…

Okanagan College

Recognition keeps coming for one of world’s most sustainable buildings

Add another chapter to the sustainability story of Okanagan College’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation. Add another chapter to the sustainability story of Okanagan College’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies…


Can you build a new home on top of existing basement?

Posted by Christine Shepherd June 9, 2022, 9:39 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What would be the best construction materials for making a home fire resistant?

Posted by Tyler Harris March 14, 2022, 10:19 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

Who in Maine can build a tiny house, start to finish?

Posted by Gwendlyn DeYoung-Reynolds March 4, 2022, 12:38 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

Where do I start if I want to build a hobbit hole?

Posted by Jasmine Myers Nov. 30, 2021, 9:17 p.m. Architecture and plan design 4 Responses

How many eco-home kits did you sell this year?

Posted by Kirk Weigand Nov. 30, 2021, 2:03 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

Where can I find prefab kit houses in Wisconsin?

Posted by Heather Hussong Oct. 25, 2021, 10:26 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses